He also shares his time hiking the mountains of New Hampshire as a member of the Appalachian Mountain 4,000-Foot Club. Dolfe has peaked all 48 of these 4,000-footers, some of them multiple times, even in winter with snow shoes.
If you happen to notice someone snowshoeing at the Haverhill Country Club after a storm, it’s probably Dolfe. He says it keeps him in shape for golf. Others feel he’s surveying the links in obscurity.
“I guess there’s a subtle story for each ace I’ve shot,” he says. “My first (in 1989) was the most exciting of all.”
That one came on the 15th hole, 211 yards from the tee. He had just birdied the 13th and 14th. Moments later, with his foursome pressing him on, his ball landed in the cup with one swipe.
On most occasions, he went looking for the ball on the putting green, only to find it inside the hole. His last ace came just after lightning forced everyone to evacuate the greens. An hour’s rain delay and back came Dolfe to the fourth tee. His turn and pop! The ball went straight for the cup like some gopher caught it in mid-air and carried it home.
Two other cohorts have also managed their share with six aces each — Pat McGonagle and Dom Pallaria. The odds of hitting one, according to the Pro Golfers Association, are roughly 40,000 to 1.
A hole-in-one is a golfer’s ultimate dream and one of the hardest feats in sports, but not for Norman Manley of California. He’s done it 59 times. The longest straight-shot ace ever recorded was by Robert Mitera of Nebraska, an amazing 444 yards. Tiger Woods was 6 years old when he scored a hole-in-one.
Aces away, Dolfe is no slouch when it comes to his overall game. He’s fired a 70 round and once scored a 32 on the back nine holes at the country club You’ll find his name on some plaques around the club, especially for sweeping every par 3. As for shooting his age, that was done three years ago when he fired a 72 in the Senior Club Championships. He did it again at age 73 and once more this year at 75.